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  • #3258
    joat
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    Looking forward to the summer, does anyone have any recomendations for a river you could spend the day or an overnight running, with class 2 and 3 water? Not so much for wave/hole/surf play, but for improving river running skills for a beginner (my second summer on ww).

    Thanks

    Mike

    #23795
    Derek Mereweather
    Participant

    The Lower Madawaska is an excellent class 2 – 3 river to run (Snake section from Aumonds to the Buck Bay takeout). There is a good spiral-bound guide book you can pick up or hook up with another group to head down in the spring.

    Derek Mereweather

    #23796
    randy
    Participant

    If want to drive to riviere rouge across the border and into Quebec; there’s an ideal class II-III experience just below http://www.abvkayak.com/

    ABV is also a great kayak school on the river that you can take a course with. Usually on a Saturday morning there’s a whole bunch of people paddling downstream from ABV. This spot is in between the Canyon section of the rouge and the Gorge or seven sisters section.

    On the same river, there’s another section below the seven sisters water falls that another school operates on: http://www.h2oadventures.com/eng-home.html

    This too is a fun class II-III experience. I’ve never paddled with the guys at this school, but have met them on the river and they love what they do, and were cool guys. Should also a great time.

    Have fun!

    R

    #23797
    randy
    Participant

    Also across the border, you can park and play at valleyfield. All class II-III. check out http://www.kayak-valleyfield.org/?langue=en for a map of the park. Any Saturday during the summer there’s lot’s of people playing here. You can carry your boat to the top and run this section over and over again if you want. Good place to practice! Cheers, R

    #23798
    Skippy
    Participant

    Middle Channel of the Ottawa at Lower Water. Perfect for beginner/novices.

    #23799
    Phitty
    Participant

    Petite Nation (outside of Ottawa), and I think the Salmon and Moira are Class 2/3 as well (Hwy 7).

    #23800
    MIT
    Participant

    Try the Pet in the park makes a great 2 nights, 3 days trip

    #23801
    Skippy
    Participant

    Pet in the Park…for a beginner? That is crazy talk. I predict serious carnage!!!

    #23802
    The Great Gonzo
    Participant

    Depends which section of the Pet in the park you run. The one from Lake Travers to lake Manus is pretty benign, apart from Crooked chute at higher water levels and usually run in tripping canoes, due to the high amount of flatwater. While it’s a great trip, I would not do it in a WW kayak due to all the flats and lakes.

    The section immediately above Lake Travers, from the MacDonald rapids down to Lake Travers is usually done as a hike-in day trip and is considerably more difficult, depending on water levels at least 3-4 and definitely not a place for a beginner.

    TGG!

    #23803
    dyran
    Participant

    The moira just above belleville, the lower half is a great beginner river that’s a bunch of fun.

    #23804
    cboater
    Participant
    "randy":3bsb3ncr wrote:
    If want to drive to riviere rouge across the border and into Quebec; there’s an ideal class II-III experience just below http://www.abvkayak.com/
    [/quote:3bsb3ncr]

    For the most part this is true, but there are some C3+/c4 stuff on there, IMO. It is a great learning river, just a few nasty spots you don’t want to swim (I swam through washing machine and the hole above cuz i blew my roll)

    Since you’re in Kitchener, You prolly already know this – but the Elora Gorge is pretty tame at low levels. There’s also the credit R in missisauga. which is a nice spring warmup run.. c1 mostly, perhaps c2 level dependent. The Saugeen R out near.. uh.. i don’t know.. Kincardine? .. that’s a C1/2 float, it’s a 2 day trip I think as well.

    Ah there’s the Black/Head River in Washago – they’re pretty close, and definitely a good beginner river..

    CII/III? Prolly Lower Mad and the Gull below the falls are best for developing RR skills.

    #23805
    Chris J.N.S.
    Participant

    I have always enjoyed the Black in Wahago and the Moira rivers. Good clean rapids without too many brain busting hazzards. I believe that they are both on the Whats Running map.

    #23806
    cmnypny
    Participant

    See:

    [url:sezw6g6e]http://www.boatwerks.net/pdf/LowerHead.pdf[/url:sezw6g6e]

    or with pics 7.5 MB in size

    [url:sezw6g6e]http://www.boatwerks.net/pdf/LowerHeadPictures.pdf[/url:sezw6g6e]

    #23807
    joat
    Participant

    I must say, that was totally what I was looking for…looks like it would be a lot of fun.

    Thanks Colin

    Mike

    "cmnypny":7kri2nbk wrote:
    See:

    [url:7kri2nbk]http://www.boatwerks.net/pdf/LowerHead.pdf[/url:7kri2nbk]

    or with pics 7.5 MB in size

    [url:7kri2nbk]http://www.boatwerks.net/pdf/LowerHeadPictures.pdf[/url:7kri2nbk][/quote:7kri2nbk]

    #23808
    cmnypny
    Participant

    I hope.

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